Year 8 have started the rugby season extremely well with more than 18 students attending every training session.  Every student volunteered to be selected for our first game against Churston and the 7s tournament held at Newton Abbot. Huge congratulations to everyone in the squad; you made it a tough job for the coaches, as should be the case.

The first game was against Churston…..

In their first competitive game of the year the boys started well, working through their paces to try and break down the strong Churston defence.  After an impressive start and five minutes into the game, the boys managed to push their way into Churston’s last quarter to score a try. After another battling run the team again managed to get into Churston’s defensive line, scoring another try.   As the first half progressed the boys grew stronger as a team with a comfortable 10-5 lead. Some of the club rugby boys stepped up massively with Ruben Frampton and Elliot Cunningham ordering their team players into the right positions throughout the game.

In the second half the boys gradually made progress on the Churston defence until they finally broke through with Ruben Frampton getting down to score a try.  Hot on his heels Harry, Year 8’s ‘Brick Wall’, smashed his way through the Churston defence to break in and get his first try of the year for the team, bringing the score to 20-10. From this comfortable lead the boys carried on to score two more tries resulting in an easy and well deserved win for the triumphant Year 8 boys. The final score saw Paignton way ahead at 30-10. The boys played with exceptional determination and fight, not letting themselves be bullied by the Churston Grammar boys.

Mr Virgo’s Man of the Match:  Toby Singh
Mr Bavister’s Man of the Match: Ruben Frampton  

South Devon 7s Tournament @ Forches Cross (Newton Abbot)

A wet and windy day was not the best of conditions for 7s! The team had been entered into the ‘Prem Cup’ with Coombehead, South Dartmoor, Teignmouth, Torquay Boys’ Grammar and Kingsbridge. Looking at the teams Mr Virgo thought there had been a mistake but knew that the boys would not complain and would rise to the challenge. That they did, beating Teignmouth 10-5 in the first game and South Dartmoor in the penultimate game with another 10-5 win. They lost the other matches but were competitive throughout. Their determination and grit in defence kept the scores close and this meant that they finished the day in third place! Considering the competition, this was a massive achievement and the boys were very proud. Special mention must go to Tyler Evans, who had a tremendous tournament, and Will Luscombe who, despite getting injured in the first game, supported the team throughout.

The players picked the awards:

Player of the Tournament – Tyler Evans
Tackler of the Tournament – Reuben Frampton
Try of the Tournament – Sam Easton
Mishap of the day – Will Luscombe

Many thanks go to every player for their efforts – from a very proud Mr Bavister and Mr Virgo.

See you at training.

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